The global smartwatch market plunged 32 percent in the first half of 2016, according to fresh data from IDC, marking the first decline in a space that continues to live up to a considerable amount of hype. And Apple is leading the way down.
The connected home of tomorrow provides a vast number of opportunities for developers, device manufacturers and service providers. But how much opportunity will exist for mobile network operators is still unclear.
Joining several European operators in their ambitions, SK Telecom wants to set up a global Internet of Things roaming network based on LoRa.
AT&T's pursuit of the IoT continued to make news today with the announcement that the carrier will provide connectivity for a smart cities initiative starting this summer in Chicago.
Verizon confirmed to FierceWireless that it is currently planning to shut down its CDMA 1X network by Dec. 31, 2019. However, the carrier said it would work with its current CDMA 1X customers and would consider operating its CDMA 1X network into 2020 if those customers need more time to move onto Verizon's LTE network.
AT&T and IBM are targeting the enterprise with a new IoT initiative.
AT&T said it will partner with Squadle to deliver IoT offerings aimed at fast food chains. The carrier will provide connectivity to "help streamline restaurant management" by remotely monitoring tasks, inventories and refrigerator and freezer temperatures through AT&T Control Center, its IoT platform.
Google is reportedly developing two Android Wear watches that will focus heavily on the Google Assistant, the company's artificial intelligence offering.
As consumers bring more connected devices into their homes, they will expect their broadband provider to furnish them with a Wi-Fi network solution. By 2021, ABI Research forecasts that over 831 million households will have a residential Wi-Fi network.
5G functionality is on track to expand wireless functionality over 4G LTE's capabilities, but there is more policymakers can do to set the stage for innovation, ITIF found in a new report it released Thursday.